This unit provides students with a comprehensive study of the foundations of 18th century theological developments that gave rise to Wesleyan theology. It will introduce students to the antecedents of Wesleyan theology — from the early church to Arminius, and from Arminius to Wesley, noting the Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Pietist influences. It will consider the key elements of Wesley’s ‘Quadrilateral’; the New Testament basis of the central doctrines of Wesley; the setting of Wesleyan theology within ecumenical theological thought and its developments to the present.

Unit Code: CT9296B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

Show when this Unit is running

Learning Outcomes


Articulate the New Testament basis of Wesleyan theology and its development, in discussion, writing and/or preaching


Outline the main ideas originating from John Wesley and those of major Wesleyan scholars


Critically analyse source materials in Wesleyan studies


Locate Wesleyan studies in its broad historical context as a discrete strand of theological thought


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major theological themes of Wesleyan theology and their significance for subsequent theological thought, including contemporary theological discussion


Develop an in-depth critical engagement with an issue arising from Wesley's understanding of Christology, ecclesiology, or his Trinitarian hermeneutic

Unit sequence

CT8296B Foundations of the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition (superseded Postgraduate Foundational level unit)


Lectures, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

3,000 word critical review of readings

0 50.0

3,000 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-12 17:47:46 +1100